Human rights defenders

Fighting for respect for human rights is a high-risk activity, and groups and individuals in more than 80 countries who commit themselves to this struggle are often targeted by State authorities and private groups. Human rights defenders are victims of threats, attacks, arrests, arbitrary detentions and acts of torture. Since its creation, OMCT has been a pioneer in the protection of human rights defenders by denouncing the repression to which they are subjected. In 1997, OMCT established the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in partnership with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). This unique collaboration is based on the complementary approaches of the two organisations and makes full and profitable use of their respective NGO networks. In 2007, OMCT established « Defend the defenders », a sponsorship project with Swiss personalities aiming at mobilising public opinion, the only counterweight to the arbitrary power of States. [Read more…]


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Peru:  Asesinato del líder indígena Arbildo Menéndez Grandez

May 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Peru

Colombia/Honduras: Organizations Urge Governments to Protect Activists and Communities Threatened by Armed Groups During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 5, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia, Honduras

Togo:  Arrestation arbitraire puis libération de MM. Kossi Béni OKOUTO et Degboe Mawuena DOUDJI, membres du CACIT

May 4, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Togo

Egypt:  Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on hunger strike protesting his continued illegal detention

April 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Egypt

Belarus:  Arbitrary arrest and judicial harassment of environmental activists Alexander Kabanov, Dmitry Andrasyuk and Dmitry Bekalyuk

April 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Belarus

Guatemala:  Urge tomar medidas de protección para el Sr. Esteban Celada, abogado de derechos humanos y miembro del Grupo de Litigantes contra la Tortura en América Latina

April 30, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Mexico:  Death threats and intimidation acts against Mr. Marcelo Pérez Pérez

April 29, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Mexico

Cameroon:  Ongoing judicial harassment against Mr. Musa Usman Ndamba

April 29, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Cameroon

Guinea:  Poursuite de la détention arbitraire et du harcèlement judiciaire de M. Oumar Sylla, alias Foniké Mengué

April 29, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guinea

Guatemala:  Actos de criminalización y estigmatización contra la Sra. Lesbia Artola y el Comité Campesino de Desarrollo del Altiplano

April 28, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Guatemala

Turkey:  Continuing judicial harassment of Ms. Nurcan Baysal

April 27, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkey

Saudi Arabia:  Authorities are responsible for Dr. Abdullah Al-Hamid’s passing

April 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia

Russian Federation:  Continuing judicial harassment and arbitrary detention of Mr. Konstantin Kotov

April 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Russian Federation

Azerbaijan:  Rasul Jafarov finally acquitted!

April 24, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Azerbaijan

Colombia:  Assassination and threats against several human rights defenders in Cauca Department

April 23, 2020  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Colombia